1. Received over 1000+ unique visitors to my blog! When I first began my blog, I had no idea what I was doing or what I would write about. I figured no one would read it, except my mom of course. It was just a sounding board for my stories, thoughts, and feelings but along the way it’s turned into something that’s actually connecting with people! My hope is that my posts give something back to viewers whether it’s motivation, inspiration, a new trail to try, or even just a few chuckles.
2. Started a newsletter! What better way is there to celebrate my expanding reach than by starting a newsletter? I sent out my very first one this morning and have got a great response already. If you are interested in receiving update on me and my blog, please subscribe!
3. Celebrated a my 2-year runniversary, hit a milestone of 3000 total km, and participated in my first trail race! It was a big month for running milestones although a relatively smaller month for total distance. I ran *only* 120 km, a third of which was my marathon on May 3. I’m looking forward to ramping the mileage up over the summer!
In June, I will …
1. Run 16 km up a mountain! I’m actually deeply regretting signing up for Seek the Peak. I feel totally unprepared. But if nothing else, it will be the kick in the pants I need to get into badass train running and hill training mode for Squamish 50 in August!
2. Send out wedding invitations! Oh right, I have a wedding to plan. It’s proving difficult to do with all this running stuff! With only three months until the big day it’s time to design and send out the official invitations!
3. Spend more time with my trail family! They’ve convinced me to sign up for some crazy things … now they have to make sure I’m ready to tackle these huge challenges! I can’t wait to spend more time on the trails taking selfies, sharing M&Ms, and climbing mountains with friends.
A couple bloggers liked the idea of a monthly roundup so they made their own! Find out what they did last month and their plans going forward:
1. Became a BibRave Pro! This is an ambassador program for BibRave.com, a race review website and running community. As an such, some of the things I will be doing include spreading the word about BibRave, reviewing and live tweeting races, participating in their weekly #bibchat, trying and reviewing products/gear/swag, and promoting running in general!
2. Reached a milestone of 1000 followers on Twitter! I think I finally am getting the hang of this Twitter thing! Thanks everyone for the follows, favourites, and RTs. It’s been really great connecting with runners (and non-runners too) from all over the world!
3. Became a morning person … I think? If you know me, this is hard to believe. Until recently every morning I’d hit snooze on my alarm for up to an hour before dragging my sorry ass out of bed. Lately, I have woken up before my alarm even goes off and a few times this month I’ve even gone to the gym before work!
In May, I will …
1. Run my second ever marathon! I am running the BMO Vancouver Marathon again on May 3. I had high hopes of completing it in under 4 hours this time, but I don’t think that’s a realistic goal for me right now. My new plan is simple … just to finish it and have fun!
2. Blog more! I’ve been ramping up my blog posts and social media involvement and pan to continue the momentum. Stay tuned for weekly training summaries, gear reviews, and more!
3. Do an engagement photo session! Well it’s about time! We’ve been engaged for almost a year and have yet to have our engagement photos taken. Now that the weather is getting better, we’re finally going to make our photo shoot happen!
Whoa! I totally forgot about my monthly check-in. Here it is … better late than never!
In March, I …
1. Participated in a RunVan club run downtown.BMO Vancouver Marathon ambassadors host a group run every Thursday morning at 6:30am starting at the Fairmont. I decided to get up super early one morning and join them. They are a welcoming group and very fast runners!
2. Went on my first running-related road trip to the Gorge Waterfalls 100k/50k. I wasn’t racing but it was fun nonetheless! I’d definitely like to try an out-of-town race in the near future – not sure if the Squamish 50 counts?? It’s so exciting to run in new scenery!
3. Was generally really busy … with marathon training, trail running, three weekend trips (Harrison, Kamloops, and the Gorge), plus the usual holding down a full-time job and general life stuff. It was pretty intense, no wonder I was so exhausted!
In April, I will …
1. Start slopitch season! I’m playing beer league slopitch with my usual team which starts right at the beginning of April. I’m looking forward to another season of fun times, cold beverages, and sunshine!
2. Taper for my marathon. With mileage peaking end of May / beginning of April, I will begin a three-week taper starting mid-April until the marathon on May 3rd … or at least that’s the plan! Easier said that done!
3. Participate in the Sun Run for the first time ever! The Sun Run is a staple race for inhabitants of the Lower Mainland. I find most people who are runners have completed this 10k race at least once. It attracts about 40,000 runners each year. I’m excited to finally participate in this Vancouver rite of passage.